This weekend the ever ripe child care dilemma once again presented itself in our house. No, I am not talking about our day care provider, we have taken all the necessary steps in finding the perfect one. I am talking about a babysitter.
We don’t have one.
Thus far the only people who have watched our kids for the most part have been my husband’s mom along with his brother and my parents. My parents are going on their annual summer trip and will be unavailable until the end of summer. His mom hasn’t been feeling too well, making it difficult for her to watch our little ones regularly too.
We haven’t had an evening to ourselves since mid February. Some of my friends have asked why we don’t just get a babysitter. Simple enough question. But I have no answers. Wait, no, I have a lot of answers, just no solutions.
Aside from the fact that getting a babysitter entails leaving her in our house with all our possessions, an even more poignant problem is that we are leaving him/her with our children, which are worth considerably more than our big screen TV. Except for when they are screaming their heads off – then I am pretty sure no one would want them. Most kidnappers would bring them right back.
But seriously, who would I leave my kids with? Granted there are several neighborhood girls who I would trust to not maliciously harm my kids or steal my stuff, I can’t account for the unintentional damage that might occur.
I mean, these are young girls, trying to earn a few bucks by watching my kids who are small and quite the handful. Even when they are not being naughty, Munchie runs around and Ducky needs a lot of attention. What if something happens that could not have been prevented? What if one of them falls or gets hurt and the young babysitter is too scared to tell us? Ducky might fall off the changing table and have a concussion. We wouldn’t know about it, not take the appropriate precautions, and next thing you know he can die in his sleep. I know this is worst possible case scenario, but this is just an example of what goes through my head when thinking about leaving my kids with other people.
Of course the answer to this would be to leave the kids with a more mature and thus responsible individual. But that brings me right back around to who. We don’t know anyone, outside of family, who would watch our kids for money or otherwise.
Munchie is only a little over two and Ducky can’t talk. So if anything happens the kids would not be able to tell us. Munchie can talk pretty well for her age, but in all honesty she is not the best narrator. For example, earlier today she told us Ducky ate our day care provider. This may or may not have happened, and currently there are no pending charges of cannibalism against him. So it is safe to say that in all probability her story is not altogether accurate.
I think when the kids are older and capable of better speech I will feel more comfortable hiring the neighbor girls to watch them. But until then we are just stuck in a our child care dilemma.
How do you find a sitter? How do you know who you can trust?
GUEST BLOGGER: ChristeneC
Christene is a mom to two very small and extremely hyper children, daughter Munchie, short for Munchkin, 2 years old, and son Ducky, 8 months old. She goes to work because she likes having something to do in the morning. She writes because she loves it. Oh, and she has 4 cats. Soon to be 5. Which is like having at least one more kid.